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Today, something for our apartment homesteaders. If you’ve got a patch of sun and want to grow some food crops container gardening is the way to go.

But container gardening has several drawbacks. Containers dry out quickly and if you forget to water, especially with vegetables, you can easily kill your plants. In fact inconsistent watering is probably the number one cause of container plant failure. Container gardening also uses a lot of water and can be messy, as the excess water flows out of the bottom of your pots leaving muddy stains on decks and balconies.

Thankfully, there is an elegant solution in the form of self watering containers. The principle is simple. Rather than having a hole in the bottom of the pot, there is instead a reservoir of water. Potting soil is suspended above the water reservoir by means of a perforated barrier. Circular “wicking chambers” reach down into the reservoir and draw water up to the plant’s roots. The reservoir is refilled by means of a pipe that comes out of the top of the pot and the soil in the pot is covered with a layer of plastic that acts as mulch. Depending on how deep the water reservoir is, it’s possible to go many days without having to add water. This arrangement, combined with the mulch layer on top prevent wasteful over-watering that can occur with conventional pots.

Best of all, while commercially made self watering containers such as the Earthbox® are available, it’s possible to build your own with these detailed instructions (warning–long pdf) by Josh Mandel. Or take a look at our how-to video:

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Join me on Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, founder and publisher of Freedom’s Phoenix, when we discuss:

Are you being fluoridated against your will?

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Liberty News Radio: Guest – Barbara H. Peterson

Date: Friday, August 6, 2010

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By Barbara H. Peterson

Do you know if your water contains fluoride? Take a look at this video, which exposes the harmful effects of fluoridation and the role that government has in implementing this water poisoning program, then take a look at the chart below it showing the percentage of the U.S. population receiving fluoride in drinking water by state to determine just how at risk you are. An interesting fact to note is that Washington DC heads the list at 100% fluoridation. Why am I not surprised?

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